Qualcomm, a leading designer of chips for mobile electronics, has unveiled its first device that allows users to watch TV via the Internet by delivering live and time-shifted content. Even though the gadget is hardly a breakthrough in general, it allows users to watch their favorite content without reducing battery life of their mobile phones or computers. Flo TV is a wholly owned subsidiary of Qualcomm.
“The Flo TV Personal Television is a dedicated device for consumers' on-the-go lifestyle […]. The Flo TV Personal Television is setting the standard for high-quality mobile TV thanks to our award-winning network and technology. It also adds another way for consumers to use the Flo TV service, in addition to a variety of handsets and our recently introduced Flo TV Auto Entertainment system,” said Bill Stone, president of Flo TV.
Measuring 3” by 4.4” by 0.5” and weighing just over 5 ounces (141 grams), Flo TV Personal Television is small enough to fit into a pocket while sporting a screen large enough to enjoy a complete television experience. The devices sports touch-screen that allows users to control the device with intuitive swipe gestures. Unfortunately, the device features only 320x240 pixels display, which dramatically reduces the quality of experience. Still, with more than five hours of viewing time and 300 hours on standby, the Flo TV Personal Television can become rather popular.
Qualcomm Flo TV mobile TV service and will be available at Amazon.com and Best Buy. In addition, RadioShack will begin selling the device online and in stores this holiday season.
As part of the launch and for a limited time, Flo TV also announced that the first six months of subscription service will be bundled into the overall retail price of $249.99, after which point a monthly service subscription fee will be charged.
Flo TV offers full-length simulcast and time-shifted programming from the world's best entertainment brands, including Adult Swim Mobile, CBS Mobile, CNBC, Comedy Central, Fox News Channel, MSNBC, MTV, NBC 2Go and Nickelodeon. Flo TV also offers limited-time bonus channels for special events, premium programs and original content.